Don't Be Afraid to Speak
Have you ever been afraid to speak? Maybe you were too worried about what the reaction from others would be, and then the moment passed before you could even get a word out. So often, too often, we care more about what others will think about us when we go to speak, that we second-guess ourselves. We hold higher the expectations of other people than our own belief and gut instincts. God tells us that sometimes, it's not going to be easy to share our faith with the world. Especially in the relativist world we live in where everyone is allowed to have and follow their own opinion, we need to be strong and persistent, keeping to our values and beliefs and not giving in because the world may not be on our side. Though it may not be easy, God is giving us strength and hope for the future.
Today's Reading states: 'And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man shall attack you to harm you; for I have many people in this city." And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. But when Gallio was proconsul of Acha'ia, the Jews made a united attack upon Paul and brought him before the tribunal, saying, "This man is persuading men to worship God contrary to the law." But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious crime, I should have reason to bear with you, O Jews; but since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves; I refuse to be a judge of these things." And he drove them from the tribunal. And they all seized Sos'thenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to this. After this Paul stayed many days longer, and then took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aq'uila. At Cen'chre-ae he cut his hair, for he had a vow' (Acts 18:9-18).
In today's reading, God shows us that we do not need to be afraid when we are doing His will, for He will guide and protect us along the way. As we see with the story of Paul, there may be times we are afraid to get our feet wet, to help bring God to the world, to those around us. However, not many people may want to hear it. Even worse, they may oppose you because of your faith. We are going to be challenged, but, what is faith really if it were all easy and straightforward? We're people who are made to seek God and embrace the challenges of the day, asking God to help us along the way and re-enforce our faith. Take some time today to pray and ask God to help you stay strong in your faith.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to know You and put You at the centre of my life. Help me to stay strong in my faith and rise to the call each and every day.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.